The Men in Blue have five ODIs at home versus the West Indies and then at least four matches in the tri-series involving Australia and England in January. If there are any major concerns, they have to be addressed soon…
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sent out a message to his pacers to work on their “death bowling” skills if the ODI world champions were to defend their title Down Under next year. The Men in Blue suffered a 41-run defeat at the hands of England in the fifth and final one-day international recently but still won the series 3-1 after posting three crushing wins on the trot.
“Death-over bowling is something which I would like to improve because conditions in Australia-New Zealand will be very different. We are not playing too many games in New Zealand but the grounds are not very big there. So we cannot use spinners too much after the 40th over and to some extent it will put extra pressure on fast bowlers to take more responsibility,” Dhoni said. The Men in Blue have five ODIs at home versus the West Indies and then at least four matches in the tri-series involving Australia and England in January. If there are any major concerns, they have to be addressed soon.
“It is really important for them to use the coming games well. But at the same time in the next five matches versus the West Indies, we will get fair amount of dew so they might find it tough to execute their yorkers or may not find their reverse swing. It won’t be exactly like what we may face later in Australia-New Zealand,” the skipper said. Asked about the inconsequential match, which England won riding on Joe Root’s second ODI hundred, Dhoni blamed his batsmen for poor strokes…The Indian captain though went on to praise Mohammad Shami, who took 2-52, but bowled well in the death overs.
Surprisingly, India had dropped Dhawal Kulkarni after his debut game in Birmingham and brought in Umesh Yadav, whilst still playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “His execution was great in the final ODI which I feel is lacking in some of other fast bowlers. But definitely
he bowled really well with a few yorkers. Whenever I needed him or asked him
he really bowled well, so I was definitely impressed with his bowling,” said the skipper.
“Yorker is very simple but it is a most difficult ball to execute. It takes a lot out of you and takes a lot to bowl the yorker especially if batsmen use the ramp shot or scoop the ball and batsmen get down very early to such deliveries in death overs. So you have to be very aware of that,” he added. “You go in to win games,” he said, when asked about Kulkarni/ Kumar/ Yadav. “You don’t want two fast bowlers who are relatively inexperienced, wherein I mean, one is either making a comeback or the other is just making a debut. So it makes it difficult to rotate or use those resources. So one at a time is good enough and something I can handle.”